So why did I tear these booklets apart with my scissors? Well, my little ones are big into imaginative play these days. A new character and accompanying story emerge from their bedrooms every day. Our home has hosted fairies, storybook characters, saints, ballerinas, princesses, nurses, mothers, firefighters and much more. So, Gianna and I were reading these little saint's stories the other day and I thought, why not let her choose which saint she would like to be, say, for a week. During that week she could remind herself (with subtle help!) every morning what virtues that saint emulated, what good deeds she accomplished for others, how she prayed or taught or obeyed her superiors. And Gianna could "be" that particular saint for the day/week.
So we cut the booklets apart, making a wall hanging of the illustrations along with a note indicating her feast day and patronage. Gianna rubbed off floral transfers to make the cards a little prettier and we'll hang them up using wall putty.
practicing with the transfers
Gertrude, Elizabeth of Hungary, Cecilia
and Catherine of Alexandria
This week Gianna is St. Catherine of Alexandria. She likes St. Catherine's wheel and the fact that it broke when it touched her body. Today she is working on "praying for mean people who hurt others".